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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects
From ACM TechNews

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects

Researchers have developed a technique for realizing higher-resolution detection of nearby fast-moving objects in frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR, critical...

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers
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Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Science Foundation are investing $75 million in three quantum computing centers.

Partnering With AI
From ACM News

Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots
From ACM TechNews

Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a technique that uses a color camera to enable robots to pick up transparent and reflective objects...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells
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Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells

Researchers have three-dimensionally (3D) printed a functioning human heart pump in a laboratory.

Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk
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Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk

Utah and Georgia are testing vehicle-to-everything technology installed in roads to alert drivers to hazards.

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
From ACM TechNews

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
From ACM TechNews

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change
From ACM News

How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

To cut the carbon, programmers are cutting the code. Call it green programming.

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine
From ACM TechNews

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine

Kobold Metals, a startup backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others, aims to search for cobalt near a nickel mine in northern Quebec using data analytics.

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19

A European Union-supported supercomputing platform has identified a generic osteoporosis drug's potential effectiveness against Covid-19.

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
From ACM TechNews

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Coping with Burnout in IT
From ACM News

Coping with Burnout in IT

Supporting staffers working from home adds another layer to the stress many IT professionals already were feeling.
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